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Report: City Under-23s 1-3 Coventry City Under-23s

City Under-23s were beaten by their Coventry City counterparts, losing 3-1 at Failand on Friday (March 29th) afternoon.

Hakeeb Adelakun, pictured, put City ahead within four minutes with a brilliant goal, curling from the outside of the box.

The away side scored twice before half time, the first through Chris Camwell who scored the rebound after his initial penalty was saved by Will Buse. Dexter Walters would be the man to grab their second, as Coventry took a half-time lead.

David Bremang added a third for the Sky Blues in the second half, as City failed to find a way back into the game.

Luke Williams’ side started off the brighter, and took the lead after only four minutes. Adelakun was given far too much time and space, and the 22-year-old curled his effort beyond Corey Addai.

Coventry had an opportunity to level the score only ten minutes later, after Buse brought down an on-rushing attacker. The referee pointed to the spot, and although the City goalkeeper saved Camwell’s first attempt, the rebound was scrambled in by the taker.

Joe Morrell would be the spark behind a number of City chances, and he found Mo Eisa in space, but the striker’s shot was well saved.

Eisa, again, was left unmarked by Coventry defenders, and Marley Watkins did well to beat a number of defenders before passing. Unfortunately, the pass was just out of Eisa’s reach.

The Sky Blues would have chances of their own, as Buse pulled off a great stop to deny an attacker, before Jayden Ali cleared off the line.

Coventry would take the lead on the stroke of half time, however. A cross wasn’t dealt with, and Bremang passed to Walters, who tapped in for an away lead.

In the second half, City came within inches of an equaliser when Eisa threatened again, with his first effort hitting the post, before a follow-up effort was deflected on to the crossbar.

Adelakun would come close to adding his and City’s second, with his overhead kick just going over Addai’s crossbar.

Liam Walsh would also come close. Seeing the Coventry goalkeeper off his goal-line, the 21-year-old went for goal from the halfway line, with the effort going narrowly wide.

City would come close again through Tom Richards, who saw a strong shot tipped over the bar, before a Walsh free kick was well-saved.

Despite City creating the majority of chances in the second half, the away side would add to their lead when Bremang fired beyond Buse for Coventry’s third.

It was a disappointing result for City’s youngsters and they will look to bounce back from the defeat as they travel away to Barnsley on Friday (April 5th).

City Under-23s: Buse, Rees, Turner-Williams, Richards, H.Smith (C), Ali, Watkins, Walsh, Eisa, Morrell, Adelakun. Unused subs: Bell, Robertson, Day, Z.Smith, Soady.

Words: Ryan Payne

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